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Mike Johnson of Louisiana elected speaker of the U.S. House after three weeks of stalemate

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by Ariana Figueroa, Iowa Capital Dispatch October 25, 2023 WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on Wednesday voted for Louisiana’s Mike Johnson as speaker in a chamber that has been frozen for more than three weeks after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted. In a 220-209 party-line vote, all Republicans present backed Johnson, 51, a strongly conservative […]

Feds pledge $2.3 billion to boost ag exports amid farm bill uncertainty

Former Iowa Governor and current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D) was in Oskaloosa on Sunday to thank Democrat campaign workers for their 'get out the vote' efforts.

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch October 24, 2023 Federal agricultural officials plan to spend up to $2.3 billion to promote farm exports and to send U.S. grain to countries that are suffering food shortages. “This will complement existing trade promotion programs as we await Congress’s action on both the budget and the farm bill,” […]

Vivek Ramaswamy Stumps For Support In Oskaloosa

Vivek Ramaswamy, a prospective candidate for the presidency of the United States, shared his vision for the future of American politics at the VFW Post in Oskaloosa on Saturday.

Vivek Ramaswamy, a prospective candidate for the presidency of the United States, shared his vision for the future of American politics at the VFW Post in Oskaloosa on Saturday. An entrepreneur, outspoken advocate for conservative values, and author, Ramaswamy presented his blend of business understanding and commitment to principles. Border Security and Foreign Policy Vivek […]

U.S. House gripped by paralysis again after GOP punts proposal for speaker pro tem

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by Ariana Figueroa, Iowa Capital Dispatch October 19, 2023 WASHINGTON — A resolution meant to temporarily allow U.S. House Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry of North Carolina to move critical legislation won’t be acted on, House Republicans said following a tense, closed-door meeting on Thursday. But it appeared that the House will vote a third […]

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks says she received death threats after speaker vote against Jordan

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks

by Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch October 18, 2023 U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks received death threats and a “barrage of threatening calls” after not supporting Rep. Jim Jordan for House speaker, the Iowa Republican said Wednesday. Miller-Meeks, representing Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, was one of three Republicans to support Jordan during Tuesday’s vote, but who […]

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa lawmakers back Israel and fret over the speakership

Members of Congress gather on the steps of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Oct. 12, for a candlelit prayer vigil and moment of silence honoring the victims of the Hamas attacks on Israel. (Photo by Ashley Murray/States Newsroom)

by Jay Waagmeester, Iowa Capital Dispatch October 13, 2023 Iowa’s congressional delegation focused heavily on Hamas attacks on Israel this week and called for a rescission of money provided to Iran in a September deal. At the same time, House members are sorting out the speakership after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was ousted more than a […]

U.S. House votes to remove Kevin McCarthy as speaker

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by Jennifer Shutt, Iowa Capital Dispatch October 3, 2023 WASHINGTON — Dissident Republicans in the U.S. House voted with Democrats on Tuesday to oust Kevin McCarthy as speaker, a historic move that came just nine months after he secured the gavel following days of negotiating with the GOP’s right flank and 15 rounds of voting. […]

Congress takes aim at state animal welfare laws

Pig (file photo)

by Kevin Hardy ǀ Stateline, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 28, 2023 Earlier this year, Oregon Democrats pushed through state legislation that allows local governments to require setbacks between neighbors and factory farming operations. The law prohibits farms from drawing unlimited amounts of free groundwater and requires farmers to apply for a permit before applying manure […]

The farm bill is on the verge of expiring. Congress is months away from a new version.

It's harvest time once again in Iowa

by Allison Winter, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 26, 2023 WASHINGTON — As the deadline for Congress to pass a new farm bill looms this weekend, staff members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees say it will be months – if not longer – until they reach agreement on a new bill. Lawmakers must rewrite […]

U.S. House Speaker McCarthy tells committees to launch Biden impeachment probe

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy at a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, in the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Ariana Figueroa/States Newsroom)

by Ariana Figueroa, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 12, 2023 WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday announced that he has directed several House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into unproven GOP allegations that President Joe Biden profited from his son’s business dealings when he was vice president in the Obama administration. […]


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